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Improve Your Players’ 1-on-1 Skills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

University of Colorado head women’s coach, Ann Elliott, realizes the importance of having players who can defend well in one on one situations. In this drill, your athletes will be forced to use great body positioning and field awareness to keep offensive players from scoring easily around the net.

Simple 1 on 1 Drill

Drill Summary: Begin with a goalie in the net, an offensive player guarded by a defensive player just behind the net, another offensive player waiting out top and a coach with a pile of balls. To start, the coach throws a ball to the offensive player behind the net and the defensive player works to force the offense out. After the offensive player shoots, another ball is thrown to the offensive player out top and the defensive player must close out and force them down the wing.

Finally, after that offensive player shoots, a ground ball is rolled onto the field and the defensive player must scoop it up to complete the drill. The defense gets points for stops. Body positioning is paramount for success on defense in one on one situations!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drill Progressions for Developing Team Defense.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at!

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